There's a big shindig on at Hubby's work today and everyone's dressing up. He decided he wanted to be
Jack Sparrow, so I've been sewing for two days to get this all together. I made the headscarf wig, shirt, waistcoat, pants, sash and boots. The belts I picked up at a Lifeline shop.
I don't sew many men's clothes so I played it safe and used a pattern; Simplicity 4923 which you can find here: http://www.simplicity.com/p-2198-men-costumes.aspx
. I was very happy with the pattern; some of the instructions were a little confusing but it came together well. Sizing was pretty accurate too. The trousers were a surprise - hello, weird flappy front closure - and took some convincing, but he eventually went with it. I modified the shirt with a pointy collar instead of the standing collar, and added some loops so he could lace up the front; he didn't fancy showing off his chest all day long.
The boots are a pair of men's slippers with some stretchy, fake suede sewn on top. First I pinned on some interfacing to make a pattern of the shoe top, then cut that out of the fabric and hot glued it on. Then I measured his leg, made a pattern for the boot top, and then sewed that to the covered shoe. I ran out of time to make the big bell tops that Jack wears, so he's just gonna have to live with boring pirate boots. Sorry, honey.
The sash was 1/2 a metre of upholstery ticking. I cut it in half lengthways, sewed it together in one long piece, and then down the sides to keep the threads in place. Then I fringed 15 cms at each end. It took ages but looks cool. The bottons were very shiny and distracting when I bought them so I had to rub in some black paint to give them a more aged look.
Every store we went to had run out of dreadlock wigs except those with bright beannies attached. I cut the dreds off and sewed them to the inside of a piece of fabric which was knotted around his head. Add some beads and coins and there's a quick Jack wig! It was kind of fun, actually. The dreds were soft and woolly with a foam core... nothing like the real thing!
The eyeliner was hilarious - he watered and teared up and kept making faces, so it was hard to actually get the stuff on his face and not IN his eyes. He now thinks all girls are mental. (Maybe I'll wax his legs one day and give him a real lesson in femininity?) I had to smudge it with a wet cotton ball because of all the fussing, but in the end he liked the results. I rather like it myself